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State Public Health Director Leads “Walk-to-School” Event

Posted Oct 04 2011 8:27am

As part of “Walk-to-School Week,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), walked today with dozens of Sutterville Elementary School students and parents. Celebrated Oct. 3-7, 2011, Walk-to-School Week is part of an international month-long campaign designed to highlight the health and community benefits of walking or bicycling to school. 

“Children have improved concentration, are less likely to misbehave, have higher attendance rates and perform better academically if they are physically active before school,” said Dr. Chapman. “Walking or bicycling to school is an ideal way to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity and decrease their risk of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.”  

Hundreds of schools and communities throughout California are expected to take part in a wide range of Walk-to-School activities such as forming a walking school bus in which parents accompany their youngsters on the walk to campus. Celebrated since 1998, Walk-to-School week began with just five California schools and is now recognized in 40 countries around the world. 

Walk to School activities also provide parents opportunities to teach safe walking and biking skills and identifying or eliminating hazardous conditions along routes to school. 

“Walking to school with your child is a great way to teach them healthy and safe habits,” Dr. Chapman added. “It is also an easy and fun way to spend quality time together.” 

For more information on Walk to School, visit the California Walk-to-School Headquarters' website .

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